For Reviewers

Thank you for your interest in reviewing for Nature Communications. These guidelines are intended to help you at all stages, from deciding whether to accept an invitation to delivering a helpful and constructive report.

Nature Communications is an open access, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research in all areas of the biological, physical, chemical, Earth and social sciences. While Nature and the Nature Portfolio journals strive to publish the highest impact research within these disciplines, Nature Communications is committed to publishing important advances of significance to specialists within each field and multidisciplinary research across fields.

Before you accept

What to consider before accepting an invitation to review a manuscript.

Our editorial policies

Whether you are new to reviewing for Nature Portfolio or experienced, please read our editorial policies before you begin.

Writing your report

Advice on how to assess a manuscript and write a useful reviewer report.

Get recognition for your effort

Information on the ways we recognise your reviewing activity for Nature Portfolio journals.

Reviewer training

For more training resources, see the free online course Focus on Peer Review from Nature Masterclasses.

Peer review initiatives

Our initiatives to improve the quality and transparency of peer review.

Frequently asked questions